May 2, 2013 in NYC - Launch of Just Business

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Shift and CHR&GJ proudly invite you to join us as we co-host the launch of John Ruggie’s new book, Just Business: Multinational Corporations and Human Rights.  The event features a panel discussion with John Ruggie, Chris Avery, Zoe McMahon and Mike Posner, Chaired by Philip Alston. (More details including how to RSVP below).


Thursday May 2, 2013
6:00-7:30pm (followed by a reception)


245 Sullivan Street
Furman Hall, Room 216
NYU School of Law
New York City, 10012

The launch will feature a panel discussion moderated by Professor Philip Alston, Co-Chair of NYU School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.  Panelists will discuss the evolution of the UN Guiding Principles, their contributions to the field of business and human rights today, and their ongoing potential as a game-changing standard of practice.  The panelists are: 

- Christopher Avery , Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

- Zoe McMahon, Director of Social and Environmental Sustainability and Compliance, Hewlett-Packard

- Michael Posner, Professor, Business and Society Program, Stern School of Business, New York University; former Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State

- John Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government; Chair of Shift; former UN Special Representative on business & human rights (2005-11)

The panel will conclude with a Q&A session with the audience, to be followed by a reception and book signing.  

RSVP and a valid ID are required for entry.  To reserve your place please RSVP to Daniel Vince-Archer vince-archer (at)

Just Business tells the powerful story of how the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights came to exist.  It demonstrates how, to solve a seemingly unsolvable problem, Ruggie had to abandon many widespread and long-held understandings about the relationships between business, government, rights and law, and develop fresh ways of viewing the issues.  It takes us through the journey of assembling the right type of team, of witnessing the severity of the problem firsthand, and of pressing through the many obstacles such a daunting endeavor faced.  In June 2011, the Guiding Principles were unanimously endorsed by the United Nations and consequently embraced and implemented by numerous other international bodies, businesses, governments, workers' organizations, and human rights groups, marking a revolution in corporate social responsibility.